(24 June 2013) Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) today welcomed the Scottish Government’s new policy on architecture and place which was published today by Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs.
Setting out the important role architecture plays in Scotland’s future – from healthy, thriving, sustainable neighbourhoods, through to well thought out and well designed public services – the policy will help those involved in shaping Scotland’s places deliver sustainable places for all of Scotland’s people.
Speaking at the launch of the policy, A&DS Chair, Karen Anderson, said “Architecture affects everyone – it can make the places and spaces we work, live and play in beautiful and functional and it can help grow our economy and improve our lives.”
She continued “By shaping our places architecture also says who we are as a nation. Architecture and placemaking can help us address the economic, social and environmental challenges we face in Scotland. This policy clearly demonstrates the Scottish Government’s commitment to architecture and place in Scotland.”
As Scotland’s champion for architecture and sustainable placemaking, A&DS will play a key role in delivering the new policy.
Karen Anderson continued “I also welcome the emphasis in the policy on the important role A&DS will have in delivering the objectives set out. We will continue to work hard to celebrate the value of good architecture, improving the understanding of good building design and providing support for those involved in delivering Scotland’s places.”
In the summer of 2012 A&DS helped facilitate the public consultation that preceded the preparation of the policy through the Input + Ideas exhibition which was held at The Lighthouse, and sought responses from the public on key areas to be covered in the policy.